Last time on GS: our brave heroes fought a young wyvern, took out one of its eyes and fled. Their escape however was halted as soon as they descended down the stairs that left the room where the banana bird queen is held. At the end of the staircase a buffalo was waiting for them. The bound and unconscious pony that Barque was carrying with her is starting to gain consciousness after the buffalo managed to cast some kind of spell on the pony. The buffalo rises his axe towards the ceiling and begins to hymn something.
>>493035 The bound pony has been hit in the head many times today so it almost looks like he sighs before knock him out. You also got a +1 to your roll since Barque has Slavedriver. >>493036 The buffalo slaps you in the face with his free foreleg and you lose your grip and fall to the floor.
>>493052 Your heal improves your constitution temporarily. +1 to max Wounds. I decided this Heal to grant overhealing. >>493055 Today's word is 'miss'. The arrow hits the wooden wall and keeps company to the nails.
>>493065 You're back up on two legs again. >>493067 You leap back as the buffalo is turning towards you, unfortunately for him, you have a bow readied for him. Your shot hits his axe leg and the axe drops on the floor with a heavy clang.
>>493071 Despite his injured leg, the buffalo still manages to defend against your attack. "Curses… Wyvern! Aid me!" A roar can be heard coming from the stairs behind you. >>493074 Your shot breaks one of his horns. "Argh!" he grunts in pain.
>>493077 In his weakened state he is easy prey and you have no trouble going for his throat. >>493079 Unfortunately you miss. Fortunately you miss Barque too, as she was near the area where you were aiming at.
>>493089 You taste the iron as the buffalo's blood starts flowing from the wounds you've caused. The buffalo is now affected by Blood Loss. >>493092 Your arrow hits the buffalo's side and he collapses.
The buffalo has no more Hits remaining and is down to 15 Wounds.
Both of you start hearing steps coming from the stairs.
>>493121 "Yes, attempting to saving one's life can drive them to do many things… I'm not one of those!" He attempts to rise. "The alarm's rang, the doors leading out are locked and Sharp Leaf's heading here." >>493129 "I'll make you pay for those painful arrows, little filly."
>>493144 You lose your balance and tumble over. Seeing the opportunity the buffalo goes for a small glass bottle he had stored on his belt with his working leg. He pulls off the cap with his mouth and gulps down the bottle's contents.
"Our leader, and a druid… of some power I might add."
The sun's shining brightly from the nearly cloudless sky and dirt road beneath Candlelight's legs looks worn but is surprisingly pleasant to walk. You've been traveling for some time and now and decide to look around you. You are apparently next a corn farm, and it looks quiet and there are wolf corpses lying on the yard.
>>493159 Your Marksmanned bolt pierces the leg buffalo used to drink the bottle's contents.
He has 10 Wounds remaining.
>>493165 >>493171 He's about to say something but is interrupted by Dewberry's bolt. His pain scream "Arghgh!" is all he can manage.
>>506428 "Look around you. What do you see? Buildings, fences… We wish them gone. And the bird is our chance at that." >>506437 You sheath your crossbow. >>506438 Other than the wolf corpses, there are no ponies around. Only sheep. Very suspicious looking sheep.
>>506442 "Why does a diamond dog care anyway? I would think your fellow dogs would love a tree to piss on." >>506444 You enter the yard, inspect the wolf corpses and try Commune. With bad results as you mess up the spell, some small negative energy escape from your horn and hit the corpses. The largest of the wolves begins to twitch and move.
>>506451 Clearly you don't lift and the book is too heavy for you. You stagger and miss. The beaten wolf is on its feet. It has no head, but if it had, it'd snarl at you. Instead, some you hear only some gurgling from its windpipe.
>>506454 On of the smaller wolves begins to rise. It has several bolts sticking from its sides and there's dried blood in its fur. The big wolf will attack next turn. >>506457 The buffalo nods at the bound pony. "He didn't tell you how the bird's cage lock works then before ringing the alarm?"
>>506459 Yes. There's a magical orb that lowers the wall that's keeping the queen inside. >>506460 Your ragged wolf charges at his larger cousin and manages to hit him quite nicely. You beef your raise dead spell and instead, give the big wolf extra Hits.
>>506464 He didn't say it directly but Sharp Leaf has it. >>506465 Learn to lift already. You miss and fall on your nose. No need to roll for getting up, though! Your 'pet' wolf slaps the big one again.
>>506472 The ancient dead will not help you today and the spell releases its energy prematurely and you're flown backwards, away from the wolves. You are Helpless. >>506473 "I do not know where it _is_, but Sharp Leaf carries the orb with him."
>>506478 You hear a voice behind you. "I am right here." A pony with a forest-themed cloak eyes the situation. "You seek the orb, yes?" >>506479 The pony you beat up isn't Sharp Leaf! >>506480 You're back up on your legs. Your… loyal hound is keeping the big one busy and hits again!
>>506484 "Oh, if you want it, then you'll have to come and get it. But I don't want to mess up my residence. I truly loathe arcane magic, but it has its uses. The mage who crafted the orb taught me how to use it in creative ways."
He picks the orb from his saddles and says something.
>>506487 You don't quite manage to remove its leg, but you do remove its tail. Your wolf does the limb removal for you and the headless wolf loses temporary its balance and 5 Hits.
>>506491 The balanceless big wolf is easy target and you bonk it on the nogger. Unfortunately you dive in with your book, and your wolf with no brain activity takes a bite off you as you got in the way accidentally. Lost two Hits. >>506492 >>506493 Too late as you are blinded by a bright flash emanating from the orb. There's smoke everywhere and you cough but it's very bright.
>>506498 >>506501 The smoke disperses and you can see clearly again. The buffalo, the bound pony and Sharp Leaf stand about 30 feet away from you. You're out from the bird cage again, in front of the corn farm's main building. Barque begins charging towards the trio of enemies.
You both also see a unicorn and two… wolves fighting about 60 feet away from you. >>506500 You miss but the headless wolf is too confused to counter attack. Your pet wolf fails again and bites you. 2 Hits lost.
>>506509 You chaarge! at the buffalo, but >>506512 Dewberry messes something up and the bolt she fires, sinks in your doggy buttocks. 2 Hits lost. >>506514 A goat's skeletal hoof kicks appear from the dirt below you. The goaliton is armed with an iron sword and gets a +1 to its attacks. Your wolf decides to chew the skeleton's bones. Skeleton loses one Hit.
>>506522 The bolt in your butt makes moving difficult and you slowly stutter-step towards the buffalo. The buffalo's wounds are healing. Must've been that mixture he drank. Sharp Leaf's attempting to unbind the bound pony. Good thing he's tied up extremely well and he's unconscious. >>506525 The goat simply strikes its sword on the ground and its stuck there. Your goatelton is useless as it tries to dislodge its sword. You and 'Wolfy' hit the big wolf and it loses two Hits. >>506529 Bullseye. Your shot hits the buffalo and halts the healing process for a few turns. 12 Wounds remaining.
>>506535 You remove the bolt and heal your wounds. >>506540 You dislodge the goat's sword, it's not very good sword, but it'll do. Wolfy breaks one of the big wolf's legs and it can't stay up anymore. It has lost all of its Hits. >>506541 Sharp Leaf's too busy trying to untangle the bound pony's ropes to notice you aiming at him and your bolt hits him where it hurts. He groans in pain and waves his hooves around. He loses 5 Hits.
>>506550 Your Wrath spell is fired. It misses your intended target and his some scarecrow guarding the fields. >>506552 Again, you fall on your nose. You can taste some iron. You touch your muzzle and notice your nose is bleeding. >>506554 You hit the already Wrathed scarecrow.
>>506560 A beam of healing energy leaves your paws and hits the unicorn >>506562 You feel better, warmer as you're hit by *something* and your nosebleed stops. Wolfy chomps on the headless wolf but >>506562 you goateleton hits Wolfy instead with its sword. Dropping it Helpless. >>506566 This time you hit the buffalo. It's not deadly, but it still hits the recovering shaman.
>>506569 Assisted by an amazing leap, your reach the buffalo, open your jaws wide and get to choking. The buffalo attempts to trash but is too weak. Sharp Leaf attempts to pry you off but you kick him away. >>506573 You help Wolfy's cold corpse back up, and if the creature was capable of thinking, it'd thank you. Goateleton hits the big wolf several times and it loses some Wounds.
>>506580 You lose you grip, but as you back away from the trashing buffalo you notice your collar wounded Sharp Leaf as he tried to pull you off earlier. SL loses one Hit. >>506583 You three stomp, chop and slice. And the big wolf loses several Wounds. It has 3 remaining.